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Remembering Arlie: Well-known Danville Costco greeter dies

Original post made on Nov 11, 2017

Arlie Smith, a longtime and popular greeter at the Danville Costco, died early Tuesday morning after years of battling multiple sclerosis and cancer. He was 48.

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Comments (14)

Posted by Dan Davis
a resident of Danville
on Nov 11, 2017 at 8:02 am

Great story with a sad ending. We should all live our lives so well.

Posted by Arlene
a resident of Diablo
on Nov 13, 2017 at 7:37 am

Arlie was certainly a role model for all of us. I'd like to send a card to his wife, Shari. Where might we send it?

Posted by James von Halle
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 13, 2017 at 7:40 am

Always friendly and a good man!

Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Nov 13, 2017 at 11:32 am

Cheerful and happy under dire circumstances. He said was happy to work and be living in such a nice place. Will miss seeing him at Costco.

Posted by Mary & Jeremiah
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 13, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Costco trips will never be the same again. We love you and surely miss you.

Posted by Diana Kalliaras
a resident of Blackhawk
on Nov 13, 2017 at 10:16 pm

Knowing Arlie was a reminder of how capable the human heart is for selflessness, love, compassion, humility, joy, humor and optimism. He lived to the fullest, invested in people not things, embraced life and God, and counted his blessings everyday saying Shari and Tinkerbell was his winning lottery ticket,

Posted by Laura Wahl
a resident of Danville
on Nov 13, 2017 at 11:43 pm

What a selfless, giving person. I will miss his friendly greeting at Cost Co.

Posted by Darlene Gayler
a resident of Alamo
on Nov 14, 2017 at 10:50 am

I would like to donate to UCSF Benioff Childrens'Hospital in honor of Arlie, but I'd like them to be able to notify his wife, Shari, of the donation- so she knows how many people thought so much of Arlie. Is there an email address the donation notification can be sent to?

Posted by Shari Smith
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 14, 2017 at 2:27 pm

UCSF BENIOFF Children's hospital set up a special link just for donations in Arlie's honor. I'm able to see each person who donated and you can leave a message and I can't express how much this means to me
The link to donate is

Posted by Westside Dave
a resident of Danville
on Nov 15, 2017 at 4:17 pm

Arlie was a good guy. When my kids were little they always looked forward to going to Costco to see him. He always brought a smile to our faces with his smile and kind words. He will be missed. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Eddie Jo Mack
a resident of another community
on Nov 15, 2017 at 9:36 pm

I was so proud to be introduced by Arlie as his Aunt. He was an angel of love to so many. Be proud Shari.
Eddie Jo Mack EP2

Posted by Mary Lou Baratta
a resident of Danville
on Nov 16, 2017 at 3:37 pm

Already Costco is just not the same without Arlie's smiling face there to great us. I knew him from cashier at Costco, year's back, then met both Shari and he at an estate sale in Walnut Creek for Hospice. After I would speak to him about MS as my mom also passed from that terrible affliction when I was 15. That was in 1956. Not much help has come to stop the disease in years since. Arlie will be missed a lot, may he rest in peace now.

Posted by JP
a resident of Danville
on Nov 17, 2017 at 8:31 am

What a legacy! I looked for Arlie every time I went to Danville Costco. I just wanted to say HI as if we were long time friends. He was a gem and will certainly be missed by everyone who's life he touched. God Bless you, Shari; you struck gold with this guy. Kudos to his parents for raising a remarkable man.

Posted by Judie Verrips
a resident of Danville
on Nov 17, 2017 at 8:56 am

A life well lived. Rest in the arms of Jesus Arlie.

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